Shared Reading: First Reading of Squeaky’s Big Adventure / A Pizza for Bear for First Graders (1 of 8)
Squeaky’s Big Adventure had been used in several Shared Reading sessions the previous week and now several pages of the book, but not the entire book, were used as a warm-up at the beginning of shared reading time. The students were continuing to deepen meanings of the text, bringing additional thinking to interpreting details in the words/illustrations, continuing to notice alliteration, and to continuing to use a diagram to deepen understanding of a character’s motivation.
This introductory session with A Pizza for Bear focuses on meaning and cognition of the book. There is light teacher modeling of thinking about some ideas in the text. There is no direct work with the print for the students. Most conversations happen as whole group discussion.
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Debra Crouch works nationally as an independent literacy consultant, collaborating with districts and schools in designing professional learning opportunities. Her work empowers teachers, principals, and coaches to envision instructional decisions that matter for children—decisions about processes for learning that unfold over time, across texts and among practices. She actively shares her thinking and practices through long-term professional learning opportunities with districts across the country serving children from diverse backgrounds, languages, and socioeconomic needs.